It is difficult to pursue a claim as small as $13,000 with a claim involving a declined probate. It isn't as simple as a General District Court case, because it needs to start with the opening of a probate and might lead to a contested and hostile petition for probate by you in spite of not being...Read more »
Great grandmother died in 1985. Left property as heir property. My mother held power of attorney. My great-uncle attempted to sell the property. He couldn't b/c the heirs never paid my great-grandmother's attorney for the work he did. As such, the deed was never transferred to the heirs. Taxes are... Read more »
There are steps between the taxes being due and a foreclosure sale, but those steps vary by jurisdiction. The short answer is that paying the taxes does not buy the title for you. Unless the actual title owners agree, it buys you nothing but a dubious claim for contribution, and that is limited if...Read more »
You should get a contract review to determine the damages available under your contract. In some, the damages are limited to the earnest money deposit and moat of that goes to the realtor. In others, you can force performance or collect substantial damages. The contracts are not all the same, and...Read more »
You need to review the listing agreement. The current standard MAR contract included a clause that eliminated the commission claim of the prior realtor once a replacement realtor was signed as agent. Another form I recall seeing only applied that after the term of the original listing contract...Read more »
Can a real estate investor offer these contracts to the seller and the buyer just as long as the contracts are legal and the investors has a title company or attorney to look over the contracts to approve them.
Lawyers don’t “approve” contracts. They review and advise their clients on the legalities of their dealings. After the advice, the contracting parties remain responsible for their choices, though they might have a claim against the lawyer if his advice was malpractice. If what you are doing...Read more »
A close friend and business associate recently past away and his brother is the executor of the estate. I have attempted to contact his brother many times over the past few months. At first he was communicative, but now he will not respond to email or telephone calls. Our business interests were... Read more »
You need to file and pursue a claim timely or it is lost forever. The deadlines are strictly enforced. The effect is complete. I know if no basis for you to collect attorneys fees for pursuing your claim. You need to consult with counsel immediately.
I have no correct contact info for the rental property company / owner. The chimney company says I can just get my side fixed but that will NOT solve the problem of the water leaking and they won't be able to guarantee the work just the materials. What is my recourse? If I pay to have the whole... Read more »
It seems weird to me that you can't track down the owner of the other property to resolve this. The name of the record owner is a matter of public record both at the Recorder of Deeds and, less accurately, at the State Department of Assessments and Taxation. Then, running a search on the Internet...Read more »
My tenant is month to month. Our original lease ended 30 months ago. While the lease mentioned 60 days notice, now that it’s month to month, I assume I only need to give 30 days. He wants me to repair the broken windows and back door. I want to wait until he’s gone. Do I need to fix them before... Read more »
You need to consult with a local lawyer, because county and city codes matter in landlord-tenant. Then, the lawyer needs to read the lease with particular attention to the Holding Over and Notice clauses. In Virginia, the lease will be read fairly strictly as written unless it violates local...Read more »
my question is how can I make my aunt and uncles buy me out of the house or sell the house? My aunt lives there now and has lived there for years but when we received the house last year she never paid any taxes or water bill on it so that took money we were supposed to receive from my grandmothers... Read more »
Get a lawyer. File a Petition for Sale in Lieu of Partition. Generally, the court will allow the fees as well as contribution for utilities to be reimbursed to you from the proceeds of the sale. As long as your title to the property is clear and the property cannot be partitioned, there are no real...Read more »
We bought a home together a year ago, and I moved out after splitting 4 months after we purchased. I signed a written agreement that was notarized I wasn't responsible for mortgage / bills after i parted ways. She is keeping the house and I want to clear my name from the deed/Note. Is she liable to... Read more »
Oral responses are unbinding because they violate the statute of frauds which requires a writing to support contracts regarding real property. What constitutes a writing varies by state, and you might be well served to get a consult with a lawyer if there are any writings, including emails or...Read more »
While the statute of limitations on real estate is 20 years, the limitations for fraud is three years. That limitations period starts with when the harm should have been or was discovered. Sitting in your rights after three years is just foolish. You should consult a Maryland lawyer to review the...Read more »
You probably ought to pay someone to review the actual trust, because some trust purposes can be undercut by the beneficiaries due to changes circumstances, but there is nothing fundamentally problematic with a trust holding property perpetually. A grant of property must resolve title within 21...Read more »
Can he claim adverse possesion on my property? He says he mows it so grass doesnt get on his fence. But i dont trust him i was renting the house for 4 years and i just bought the house from my land lord in February 2019
Adverse possession can be remembered reasonably accurately with the acronym POACH. To achieve adverse possession, the bar against landowners pleading to protect their property, the adverse possessor must POSSESS OPENLY ADVERSELY CONTINUOUSLY and HOSTILELY for the requisite number of years. I see...Read more »
I am trying to determine what takes precedence so that I can properly run our HOA with respect to Quorum and % of HOA members required for meetings -- the MD State Code has one requirement, our County Ordinance (Calvert County) has another one that is different, and our HOA Bylaws has another spin... Read more »
The order of precedence is State Code, County Code, and then private contracts like HOA Agreements even if they are recorded with the land. But, if there is an interpretation in which all applicable law and private contracts can be honored, that’s the correct interpretation. For example, if the...Read more »
I don't exactly understand your question, but the bottom line is that the house should be sold and the profits divided if you cannot work it out, and you can force that result with a Petition for Sale in Lieu of Partition. The fair apportionment is the same that a court would use. You pay off all...Read more »
I don't know who told you that, but it is incorrect. Even though selling brokers are usually paid by splitting the commissions earned by selling brokers, buyers can often negotiate a lower price if they avoid using a broker, especially in buyer's markets. I do think it is wise to have some...Read more »
You need a title abstract and a bit of research. First, you need to know that the house actually purports to be held in a life estate with an unlimited general power of sale. Then, if that is how it is held, I'd want to review whether the Doctrine of Merger combines those two titles into a fee...Read more »
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